After seven days of Serie A, it’s time to draw the first balance sheets for the fantamanagers. In this initial glimpse of the championship, next to the certainties there were surprises, both positive and negative. Here we propose a roundup of the most brilliant defenders in terms of performance – with the help of the statistics of Fantacalcio.it – and those started quietly from which we expect an improvement. I mean, the men who can’t miss “the rear” of your team.
News and surprises
We start immediately with a novelty: the first for fantamedia is Arthur Theate (8.67), Belgian defender arrived at Bologna in the summer. His numbers must be taken with due attention – he has played just three times – but they suggest a championship with some bonus. He made his A debut with a goal at Inter and in the last round he gave a goal and an assist against Lazio. The module change – from 4-2-3-1 to 3-4-3 – operated by Mihajlovic in the match with the Biancocelesti could definitely launch the plant, which has shown to be able to do even in the opposing area.
Two goals and an assist is the same “bottino” of Lorenzo De Silvestri (7.14), another defender of the Felsinei in great stride. With the passage to the three-man defense, the outside has moved to the line of midfielders, where he can be more incisive in the bonus zone. Among the defenders employed in the midfield, Mohamed Fares (7.2) is putting himself in the spotlight. The Algerian made his debut with Genoa making a sensational double on the field of Cagliari and wants to redeem himself after the opaque season with Lazio. You don’t have to spend exorbitant amounts of credits to buy him: it deserves a chance.
The low-cost category also includes the “wonder” Andrea Cambiaso, teammate of Fares in Rossoblù. The 2000 class is at 6.79 FM thanks to a goal and two assists. Another of the surprises of the first part of the championship is the Kosovar Amir Rrahmani of Napoli. In difficulty last year, he is now earning the title to the detriment of Kostas Manolas, clearly lower than during the Roma seasons. The former Verona – 4 appearances – can boast a “stellar” average (8.25), the output of the two goals scored.
Rrhamani is currently the ideal partner of Kalidou Koulibaly, which is among the absolute safeties: two goals and an assist in seven games are worth a 7.86 average. It may not count as much as Robin Gosens and Theo Hernandez, but with the Senegalese commander sufficiency is guaranteed. Like the Neapolitan central, the Atalantino and the Milanista are certainties. The Dutch team (6.42) started with the handbrake pulled and had to surrender to an injury that will keep him out of the games for a couple of months.
Those who bet on him, wait patiently: he will return hungry for bonuses. Instead, the state of grace of the Frenchman continues, author of a goal and two assists in the first seven matches. He will not be able to touch up his 7.07 average in the match on Saturday with Verona because of Covid, who was positive in the last test for the national team, and he will have to give up the long-awaited duel with Faraoni. The outside of Verona – 7.42 on average with two goals and an assist – is no longer a surprise for the fantamanagers: the work of Juric made him one of the best in the league in his role and this year “promises sparks”.
As well as Domenico Criscito (7.36), penalty taker of the Genoa and point of reference for those who bet on the modifier defense. So far, the captain of the Griffin has been infallible from the penalty mark – 3 out of 3 – and has served an assist. Speaking of certainty it is impossible not to mention Juan Cuadrado (6.7), a “tightrope walker” for Juventus. The Colombian is a +1 and dribbling specialist; it also ensures consistent performance. 6.5 is the least you can ask for the South American outside fullback.
Outsides are usually the most attractive players at auctions and if you don’t want to sell out for the various Hernandez, Gosens and Cuadrado, these are the names that suit you. Let’s start with Davide Calabria (7.2): Milan’s right fullback has improved exponentially thanks to Pioli’s care, especially in the attacking phase. He played five of the first seven games, scoring a goal and an assist; now, he is expected to continue his excellent performances so far. Paired with him, it would be wise to take the young Pierre Kalulu: AC Milan is busy on several fronts and the Rossoneri coach will give him space.
Moving to the other side of the Naviglio, however, there are three outside fullback to consider: Matteo Darmian, Denzel Dumfries (6.3) and Federico Dimarco. Dumfries, interesting new face of Inzaghi’s Inter, has highlighted some limits and will need more time. His performance was not negative, but he is expected to do much since he has the heavy task not to regret Achraf Hakimi. The Dutchman is trying to take the measurements at the Italian championship; meanwhile, space to the “navigato” Darmian, who has an average of 6.75 the result of a goal and a decisive passage.
A little lower in the standings, with a remarkable 6.67 there is Dimarco. He was wrong who thought he could play “with the dropper”: he is not always regular, but he was used in all games and gave a goal and two assists. The only incident of his path was the penalty failed against the Atalanta of Zappacosta (6.7), name that we invite you to note on the notebook. The Gosens injury and Maehle’s performance are great opportunities for the former Granata. Gasperini trusts him: we will see him often in the field. Other names to highlight among the “attacking” fullbaks: Karsdorp (6.29) of Roma, Ansaldi (6.9) of Torino and Singo (6.71), also granata.
Center backs subscribers to sufficiency
Few center fullbacks are able to ensure the constant sufficiency, for the cards or for the poor presence in the opposing area. There are exceptions, however. Skriniar is one of them: his 6.86 average is the witness of a great departure, crowned with two goals. He hasn’t scored yet, but Tomori (6.36) is confirming to be one of the most reliable defenders for the fantallenatori. In the defense of AC Milan, he is the only one who has played all the matches; it is rare to see him missing a contrast, and he hardly ever uses strong manners to hinder the attackers who pass by his side.
Remaining in the high ranking, to highlight the tests offered by the center back Juventus Bonucci (6.5) and de Ligt (6.83). Allegri recorded the defensive phase and, thanks to the often precarious condition of Chiellini, will almost always bet on the Azzurro and the former Ajax. Bremer from Torino (6.83), Milenkovic from Fiorentina (6.42) and Toloi from Atalanta (6.5) also did well. They are disappointing two big players like Acerbi (5.71) and de Vrij (5.79), but there is no need to worry: they will return to lead the backward “departments” of Lazio and Inter brilliantly.
By Giovanni Maggio